Ralph Nader Still Tells It Like It Is

The unraveling of a society’s institutions, stability and reasonable order does not sound alarms  to forewarn the citizenry, apart from economic yardsticks measuring poverty, jobs, wages, health, s…

Source: Detecting What Unravels Our Society – Bottom-up and Top-down

Ralph Nader Still Tells It Like It Is

ralph naderAfter reading this article, I have absolutely no regrets for voting for Ralph Nader for POTUS in three elections. He still calls it like he sees it, and he is always right on. In this article in Counterpunch, he shows himself to be totally on top of things. Even though many people write Ralph Nader off these days, he is still very relevant. This article shows it.

I greatly resent so many people writing off Ralph Nader, as though he was a political joke. It certainly is not a joke. It would be very nice if people recognize that Ralph Nader is one of the most intelligent people in this country, and he deserves to be respected as such. After reading this article, you’ll see that he is everything but a joke. He knows what’s really going on and how to solve it. People in this country would be very well served to take the advice of Ralph Nader more seriously. In this article, he says a lot of things that many people might not like to hear, that they as senses are responsible for their ungodly situation this country has degenerated into. Even though he doesn’t allow the system to get off the hook, neither does he allow American citizens to get off the hook either.

The primary thing that I agree with Ralph Nader about, in this article, is when he calls out the lack of participation by the American people as a primary cause of many of this nation’s problems. I also agree with this point he makes so well. It strikes at the very heart of my basic belief system; democracy is not a “spectator sport”, it is something we citizens should take very seriously and take part in. In fact, I firmly believe that one reason this country is in the shape you said is

In fact, I firmly believe that one reason this country is in the shape it’s in is because too many people do not vote, vote without accurate information, vote for the wrong candidates because they talk faster or louder, or present themselves as some type of entertainer or TV star, or speak to whatever they think a voter likes to hear and not speak of things that deal in real substance.

This situation reminds me of a scene from the movie, “A Few Good Men” where Jack Nicholson says to Tom Cruise, “you can’t handle the truth”. Unfortunately, the American people can’t seem to handle the truth and don’t want to hear anything that makes them uncomfortable or uneasy. They seem to want everything to be sugarcoated, and that simply isn’t the way that life works. Sometimes, the truth hurts and it makes us uncomfortable, but we should hear it anyway. These are the basic points that Ralph Nader tries to point out in this article.

In my opinion, too many people are attracted to the wrong candidates because people have a tendency to like looking at shiny things as opposed to things that are plain. Even though they should know better, too many voters don’t use the old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover” seriously enough.

 

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GOP Health Care Bill Failing, Hopefully

Senate Republicans will shelve their bill to replace Obamacare, dealing a major blow to President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Source: GOP health care bill collapses

GOP Health Care Bill Failing, Hopefully

Donald Trump, in a tweet today, may have doomed that GOP health care bill to failure. Hopefully, this draconian piece of legislation (if you can even call it that) will fail to be passed, sparing a large part of the American population from the hardship this bill will cause.

In his tweet, Donald Trump advocated a position that the GOP should just repeal Obama care (The Affordable Care Act) without passing any type of health care legislation. He seems to think that by taking away the health care of millions of citizens, the Democrats will magically “fall into line” and pass the Republican health care bill even though it is garbage. If you think this is true, he is a bigger fool than even I thought.

In other words, Trump is suggesting that denying health coverage to people who now depend on The Affordable Care Act for their basic health coverage, will be able to survive without any type of health care. In this way of thinking, Donald Trump shows himself to be a cold-blooded and selfish bastard. He is suggesting that the GOP should take away people’s health care as some type of “leverage” to shove the GOP health care bill down everyone’s throat.

Not once does he ever consider those people who are undergoing ongoing treatment (cancer treatment, AIDS-related drug therapy, or some other type of treatment that requires constant care) and the damage that could be done by an interruption, or cancellation, of their health coverage. Of course, this would require a president who was capable of analytic thinking; something that Donald Trump has shown himself to be incapable. He is hell-bent on repealing Obama care no matter the cost to the average American citizen.

 

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Bernie Sanders Says Presidential Run in 2020 Is Possible

Bernie Sanders Says Presidential Run in 2020 Is Possible

In an interview on SiriusXM radio, Senator Bernie Sanders says that a presidential run in 2020 “is not off the table”. For me, this is some of the best news I’ve heard in while. Even though Bernie Sanders will be 79 years old in 2020, I still think he will be the best candidate that any party can come up with, especially the Democrats.

Right now, I can’t think of another Democrat, except for the possibility of Elizabeth Warren or Al Franken that could make just as good of a presidential run. Bernie Sanders is the best chance that the Democratic Party stands for a presidential win if he chooses to run again under the Democratic Party banner. If he chooses another party to run under, who can blame him, especially after the way he was treated by the Democratic Party leadership, especially Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hillary Clinton. As far as I’m concerned, I still think they both owe Bernie Sanders an apology after their shoddy treatment of both him and his candidacy.

Senator Bernie Sanders, in this interview, points out that President Donald Trump is the representative of the “billionaire class” and not the middle class. A truer statement was never spoken, as far as I’m concerned. I totally agree with Senator Sanders on this point. Since the beginning of his presidency, Donald Trump has done nothing for the working man, but he has done plenty to further the interests of the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

Senator Bernie Sanders also points out that he still is going to try to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. I’m very glad he still maintains this position and it is very unlikely that he will falter from it. There will never be any type of real equality in this country as far as many Americans still work for less than a living wage. The workers of this country do not deserve to continue to be unrecognized, unappreciated, and uncompensated.

Senator Bernie Sanders can count on me to be one of his staunchest supporters, just as I was in 2016. He is the type of person we deserve to have as President of the United States, not the rich martinet we are now stuck with.

 

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Donald Trump and His War against Dissent

Facing up to 75 years in prison, 135 Inauguration Day protesters are refusing to collaborate with the prosecution.

Source: The Police State Can Come After Trump Protesters, But It Can’t Make Them Cooperate – In These Times

Donald Trump and His War Against Dissent

Even though the mainstream media seems to have ignored them, over 200 people still remain in custody after protesting against Donald Trump. These protests took place during the January inauguration of President Donald Trump, in Washington DC. This group of people is known as the “Disrupt J20” protesters. Some of them face up to 75 years for a variety of charges, most of them greatly embellished.

In a statement of unity, the group is quoted as saying, “We will not cooperate against any of our co-defendants, nor accept any plea deals that cooperate with prosecutors the expense of other codefendants”. This statement was signed by 135 of 200 still in custody. They also say, The people in custody also say that they “will refuse to accept that any of the charges or actions of law enforcement were necessary or justified…. We will not say anything publicly or privately that has the possibility of individual defendants or defendants as a group”.

This latest effort by Donald Trump and his entire administration seem to be part of the trend to suppress protesters and dissent in this country. In other words, they just want people to lay down and accept whatever bullshit the federal government hands down, without question, no matter how unconstitutional or immoral it may be. Even though this effort has gotten more pronounced under Donald Trump, it has been ongoing for 6a few years,

Any people, or group of people, that organize to disagree with the “status quo” are labeled as criminals or even “potential terrorists”. If you take a look at the situation, you can clearly see that the government has started cracking down on all dissenters, no matter how noble or just the cause may be that dissenters represent. Unfortunately, as usual, the “mainstream media” refuses to see, report on, or even recognize this trend against those who disagree with whatever Uncle Sam says or does.

One only has to look at various movements, such as The Black Lives Matter movement to the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline by the Standing Rock Sioux to see that the harshness against protesters has risen beyond the point of brutality to downright abuse by police and other authorities. Unfortunately, as long as most people in this country allow themselves to be distracted by everything from their iPhone to their various sporting events, I can see things changing that much. Change only happens if people have the courage to make it happen.

Energy Transfer Partners Removes “Hired Mercenaries” From Pipeline Site

Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson: “We continue to have security measures in place in North Dakota, just no longer need boots on the ground.”

Source: Company Behind DAPL Removes Private Security Firm From Site

Energy Transfer Partners Removes “Hired Mercenaries” From Pipeline Site

 

Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for building the Dakota Access Pipeline, announced that it is removing the “security firm” (a.k.a. hired mercenaries) from the pipeline site. TigerSwan, as I’ve reported previously, had been accused of not operating legally as security for The Dakota Access Pipeline. The security firm was exposed as not having the proper permits to operate within the state of North Dakota, something that Energy Transfer Partners was probably well aware of when they first hired TigerSwan, despite their denials to the contrary.

At the time when I first heard that Energy Transfer Partners had hired a private “security firm”, which are basically modern-day versions of mercenaries or hired guns, I was appalled. To think that a corporation like Energy Transfer Partners felt that they needed a “security firm” to put down peaceful protesters like the Water Protectors struck me as being a gross overreaction to people who wanted nothing more than protecting their sovereign rights to the land and religious beliefs. When I thought about TigerSwan being deployed here, I could not help but have visions of the infamous Blackwater, the US government “contractors” that lost their cool in the streets of Baghdad and opened fire on innocent commuters at an intersection.

In their statement, announcing that TigerSwan was no longer being contracted. Energy Transfer Partners used the offensive term “boots on the ground” in their announcement of TigerSwan’s departure from the scene of the pipeline. “Boots on the ground”? Where does Energy Transfer Partners get off treating peaceful protesters like some sort of threats, wherein reality they were merely Native Americans protecting their tribal sovereignty. What an insulting way to refer to some of the bravest people in this country!

 

Some Words of Truth From a Friend

Let me tell you a story. While you read, I want you to be repeating this in your mind: Medicaid is inclusion. Medicaid is inclusion. Medicaid is inclusion. The last century has been increasingly positive for people with disabilities. in 1949, the average life expectancy for a person born with Down syndrome was 12. Today, […]

via Medicaid is Inclusion — Kimchi Latkes

Some Words of Truth From a Friend

This is one of the best blog posts I’ve read in quite a while. It goes far to deliver the message about how many people are currently being affected by this nation’s health care crisis, not least of which are people with disabilities.

After last week’s demonstration by ADAPT in Mitch McConnell’s office in the US capital building, it seems that disabled people are becoming the “tip of the spear” in the battle against the Republican health care plan. This plan, if passed through Congress will devastate the entire disability community and most people regardless of disability or not. If the Republican health care plan passes, it will create devastation for home care down services. Home care services are one resource that most people with disabilities depend on to remain in our homes as independent people, leaving independent lives in our communities. Nursing homes are like prisons to most of us. Most of us would rather be dead than be confined to one of these hellholes.

Medicaid is one federal program that provides funding for most home care services in this country. If it dies, we die. Also, much of the health care that we disabled people depend on for our survival is also funded by Medicaid. It is one government service that we cannot live without. That is why it is crucial that Medicaid is saved. If we allow the heartless GOP to have its way, many of us will die needlessly.

We of the disability community must fight for our lives as we never have before. Never has so much at stake, as right now! We must remember that quote by the late Justin Dart, that says, “you must get involved in politics as though your life depends on it because it does”.

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Movement to the Left is the Democratic Party’s Only Hope of Survival

The results in Georgia show that the Trump resistance can show up to the polls, but centrism isn’t a strategy to win.

Source: Ossoff’s Loss Is Further Proof: Democrats’ Path to Power Is Through Moving Left, Not Center – In These Times

Movement to the Left is the Democratic Party’s Only Hope of Survival

If the Democratic Party hopes to prevail and become the primary party in power in this country, they need to move to the Left. Instead of clinging to the status quo, or “business as usual”, The Democratic Party should stop trying to pander to both the business community and the working class at the same time. This simply won’t work any longer.

I believe this is a major reason that most people identify with the Democrats have a tendency to stay away from the polls and not vote. Even though they may not consider the Republican Party as the party that best represents their interests, they also don’t consider the Democratic Party to represent them either. As a result, most people who might vote Democratic, don’t bother voting at all; something that is hurting this entire country. The primary reason the Republican party is the party in power is that Republicans usually don’t just sit out an election. They go out and vote.

Many ideas which were once considered to be too progressive or even as radical, are now considered as mainstream, centrist ideas. Ideas such as single-payer healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and concentrating on repairing this country’s infrastructure, are now embraced by most Americans as being centrist or middle of the road. The Democratic Party is making a huge mistake by not using the change in people’s attitudes towards once radical ideas, to further not only their interests as a party but the betterment of the nation.

As long as the Democratic Party insists on trying to be all things to all people, it will only continue to decline in both popularity and power. If they are truly the party of the working class, as they have always tried to represent themselves, they badly need to start proving it. The Democratic Party needs to change his entire strategy to survive in the face of the increasing power of the GOP.

The Democratic Party needs to take a firm stand in favor of working-class Americans and start adopting bolder ideas. If they don’t, people will have no other choice but to resort to drastic means to protect themselves from the atrocities of the Republican Party, the latest being the Republican Health Care Bill which will devastate the health and well-being of millions of American citizens.

 

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